As I'm putting this article together, I'm reminded of a different one I wrote.
I'd call it a recent piece except that it was published last decade. On December 31, 2019.
Despite the massive amount of time that's passed since, I'm still going to quote the intro of "Monmouth Realty: 20% Total Return Potential in 2020." It's a little lengthy, but bear with me.
We're headed in a very good direction:
"A few days ago, I coproduced an article with Dividend Sensei titled '3 Reasons It's the Best Time in 10 Years to Buy FedEx.' As many of my loyal readers know, I purposely focus on the REIT sector. But from time to time, I will veer over into another sector such as energy, utilities, or other dividend-paying categories.
"As an investor myself, I don't subscribe to putting all my eggs in one basket. And for that reason - and because it broadens my personal investment knowledge - I enjoy writing on non-REITs as well.
"In addition, I typically look to increase my knowledge of the REIT sector by writing on companies that help me become a more knowledgeable REIT investor."
As I also state there, "Let's face it: There's always something new to learn… and to benefit from."
That's my first point: That there's always something new to learn.
And here's my second: If it can point you toward a good real estate investment trust (REIT) - or, better yet, five of them - then more's the better.
That's the kind of value I found in the Psychology Today article "15 Ways to Build a Growth Mindset." Also authored last decade - though even further back, all the way on April 11, 2019 - it's written by Dr. Tchiki Davis.
According to her publication-specific profile, she's a consultant, a writer, and an expert on "well-being technology." Admittedly, I'm not sure what that means, but she seems like she has quite the interesting backstory regardless.
That is if the intro she wrote for this particular piece is any indication…
"Only 10 years ago, I stood behind an old brown cash register at a local retail store, sliding customers' purchases across a crisscross red scanner for $7.25 an hour (minimum wage at the time).
"If you had told me then that 10 years later, I'd have a Ph.D. from Berkeley, write a blog for Psychology Today, or be the author of a book on how to generate happiness in the technology age, I would have thought you were absolutely bonkers! I had no connections, no money, no information on how to get me from where I was then to where I am now. But I did have one thing…
"I had a growth mindset."
What does she mean by that? Let's explore it further.
"A growth mindset," Davis writes, "is simply the belief that our basic abilities can be developed and improved through dedication and hard work."
Before you roll your eyes at how "hippy" that sounds, her very next line is this: "It's not so much that this belief is some kind of magic. It's just that, without a growth mindset, we don't exert the required effort and so we remain perpetually stuck."
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